This week's theme? Strapless. With a bustline like mine, strapless just isn't an option - I need infrastructure! I have never found a strapless bra that is both effective and not agonisingly painful to wear after a few hours (if you think this is bunk, bra manufacturers, feel free to drop me an email!). Thus it is that the only strapless garments in my wardrobe is my extensive collection of corsetry. So.. let's talk corsets.
I have a couple of dozen that I've collected over the years. There's a lot of cheap "corsets" for sale at the moment, but most of them are really nasty quality - even the ones that say they have metal bones buckle, sag and fold up, and they won't give you anywhere near the shape alterations that a quality corset will.
Take my advice - spend a little more and invest in something that will last you a decade of regular wear and still look good. Put a quality corset up against one of the cheap ones and the difference is very apparent indeed, both in longevity and how they look while worn.
My favourite corset maker is Gallery Serpentine - they're based in Sydney but send corsets everywhere, and I have had great success with their custom fitted corsets over the years.
The one I am wearing here is their Long Line Femme Fatale, in red brocade, and it laces at both front and back, which gives you a lot of versatility and allows for some pretty extreme waist reduction if that's your thing.
There's a lot of scaremongering that goes about around corsets - most of it is complete bunk. If you're wearing them recreationally and the corset is well made you will do no harm whatsoever to yourself by donning a corset. I see a tightly laced corset as a temporary form of body modification, it gives you an exaggerated femme silhouette - if you don't have an hourglass shape it will give you the illusion of one, and if you do have one it will make it all the more extreme.
I'm very glad that I live in an era where wearing one of these is a recreational choice, and not a societal expectation, I think it'd be lot less fun to wear if you didn't have the freedom not to. I don corsets for special nights out and I really love wearing them.